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Posted at 12:40 PM ET, 05/11/2010

You balanced the Maryland budget? Big whoop

By editors

Since 1918, every Maryland state budget has been required to be balanced, a position backed up by an opinion of the state attorney general in 1952 and explicitly affirmed in 1974 when the “balanced budget amendment” was added to the state constitution.

Therefore, during this election year in Maryland, if you hear any incumbent bragging that he or she had a hand in delivering a balanced state budget in tough fiscal times, take it with a grain of salt. That is not only the job of Maryland's governor and legislators but something they have been constitutionally obligated to get done so for the past 35 years. They had no other choice.

Kenny Burns blogs at Maryland Politics Today. The Local Blog Network is a group of bloggers from around the D.C. region who have agreed to make regular contributions to All Opinions Are Local.

By editors  | May 11, 2010; 12:40 PM ET
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